Fall asleep checking Lisbon’s rooftops, admiring the Tejo, and listening to Fado. For an unforgettable stay, choose one of the best hotels in the middle of the old Alfama with the perfect river view.
Lisbon is filled with new-wave Portuguese restaurants, old establishments serving classic dishes, and several bars. Find out what are the city’s main specialties, and where to sample them.
Sintra and Cascais make the perfect day trip from Lisbon. From Sintra, venture onward to Cabo da Roca and see the westernmost point in mainland Europe. Then visit the stunning Ursa and Guincho Beaches, and finish off in Cascais.
For a day trip or a longer stay, use these travel directions to get from Lisbon to Porto. Set aside the Rio Douro, Porto is Portugal’s second city. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Discover Gira, Lisbon’s bike rental system. Use it to get to local attractions, or to ride along the riverfront. There are e-bikes available to help cycling Lisbon’s vertiginous cobbled streets. Plan a journey with an easy to follow map of docking stations and cycle routes.
Get to know Marquês do Pombal and adjoining neigbourhoods. Follow our guide to discover an area that has the largest park in central Lisbon, an impressive aqueduct, a museum with one of Europe’s richest art collections, as well as other, often overlooked, attractions.
Opened in 1748, the Aqueduto das Águas Livres supplied drinking water to Lisbon until the 1960s. It is possible to walk across a section of the aqueduct, though you may need a head for heights.
Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in central Lisbon. It has a formal garden design, and offers sweeping views over Praça Marquês do Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade and the River Tejo. The Park is home to the Michelin-Starred Feitoria restaurant.
Get to know Lisbon’s Parque das Nações and its top tourist attractions. Follow our guide to the 21st century Parque das Nações in Lisbon: a riverfront of contemporary buildings, gardens, art installations, outdoor dining options, and the impressive Oceanarium.
Get to know Lisbon’s Belém and its top tourist attractions. Follow our guide to the riverside Belém in Lisbon: a popular destination with must-see attractions such as the Unesco World Heritage–listed Jerónimos Monsatery and Belém Tower.
Get to know Lisbon’s Alfama and its top tourist attractions. Follow our guide to Alfama in central Lisbon: a neighbourhood of narrow streets and alleys that survived the 1755 earthquake and became a tourist destination while holding on to its historical character.
Halfway up a long, steep hill heading to the castle, the Sé is Lisbon’s ancient cathedral. It’s a large and impressive Romanesque structure dated from the foundation of Portugal in the 12th century.
There are actually quite a few restaurants open for business on 1 January in Lisbon. Besides being open for lunch and dinner, some restaurants serve special New Year’s Day menus. Here’s a list of Lisbon restaurants where you can have your first meal of the year.
Get to know Lisbon’s Chiado and Bairro Alto and their top tourist attractions. Follow our guide to the Chiado and Bairro Alto in central Lisbon: two popular neighbourhoods for visitors and locals who enjoy shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture.